Wednesday, November 22, 2006

General Election Costs Exceed $10M

First, check out the Cleveland Plain Dealer's article on costs of the election. It's seems the $8M is greatly under-reported.

An anonymous county source said at least $10M. Another very high level source intimated that it is closer to $14M.

I have quickly calculated the amounts awarded to Diebold, usually as a sole source supplier, at times for seeming ridiculous things, at often ridiculously high prices, just since August. That seems to add up to around $8M, just to Diebold - 1/4 to 1/2 million at every meeting since August. Some equipment, but many also "expendables" - not one time costs. And those are just the things we know about. There are items that have gone under "vouchers" - broken into smaller - under 15K pieces - so non-reported on agendas, unless asked for (and only possibly gotten after long waits) as "Public Info" requests. Total costs even just to Deibold are probably closer to $9-10M.

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